Events Calendar

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Wee Wonders Nature Series for Preschoolers-Winter 2024

Pine Hill Recreation Area 12684 Mentzer Gap Rd., Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, United States

The Institute is offering five new Wee Wonders sessions this winter, with each one a full 90 minutes of educational fun! Taught by Institute educators, age-appropriate program activities include exploring the outdoors, hikes, theme-related story books, rhymes, finger plays, nature games, crafts, songs, and puppets. Themes or topics include pine cones, winter sounds, deer and...

Winter EXPLORE! Keeping Track

Pine Hill Recreation Area 12684 Mentzer Gap Rd., Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, United States

Fourth program in a series of five Winter Explore! Series programs. Students learn the art of observation as they look for animal tracks in the snow—or in the mud! What kind of animal tracks are found in the woods? They will also learn other telltale signs of animals being near, like burrow entrances, deer rubs,...

$7

Chasing Darkness: Total Eclipses of the Sun and The Great American Solar Eclipse of  April 8, 2024

Dr. Laurence Marschall, Professor of Physics Emeritus, Gettysburg College, returns to The Institute annually to discuss a topic of astronomical interest. Dr. Marschall has provided fun, educational and entertaining astronomy programs for us for many, many years! Dr. Marcshall has relocated out of the area, and we are delighted to offer his program virtually.The program is free and offered...

Project FeederWatch: Birds & Beverages

Kings Gap Environmental Education Center 500 Kings Gap Road, Carlisle, PA, United States

Join us for Project FeederWatch at Kings Gap!  This community science project collects data on birds visiting feeders in the winter. Enjoy hot tea, cocoa, or coffee while we spend some time in the Education Building watching our birdfeeders and collecting count data.  No registration required for this free program.  Experienced birders and beginners welcome! In...

Environmental Advisory Council Network Virtual Conference

The EAC Network Conference is the annual, statewide training and networking event for people engaged in or interested in establishing an Environmental Advisory Council in their municipality, as well as municipal officials, staff, and others interested in improving their communities. Find more information and register here.

$35

Explore the Rocks of Kings Gap: Science Saturday Series

Kings Gap Environmental Education Center 500 Kings Gap Road, Carlisle, PA, United States

Science Saturday is a fun, interactive, science program for the whole family! This free program is best for middle-school aged children and their family. All children must be accompanied by an adult. PROGRAM SCHEDULE:  Join us for one session - or all!  All sessions run 1PM - 2:15PM and meet at the Education Building.  January...

Mind & Body Hiking Series

The Mind & Body Hiking Series is an opportunity for you to build your mental and physical health. The hikes will start easier and flatter, gradually adding mileage and hills. During the hike, you will also be relaxing your mind with silent walks, sensory activities, poetry, and reflection. PROGRAM SCHEDULE Join us for one hike...

Hunger Moon Hike

Strawberry Hill Foundation 1537 Mt Hope Rd., Fairfield, Pennsylvania, United States

Join us for a free nighttime nature hike under the Hunger Moon! This time of year is hard. The days often seem to drag on as the cold presses in, unyielding in its persistence. The forest remains deep in sleep and it’s a hardscrabble life for those who venture out of their dens in search...

Winter EXPLORE! Backyard Birding

Pine Hill Recreation Area 12684 Mentzer Gap Rd., Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, United States

Final program in the Winter Explore! Series. Backyard birding is just what it sounds like—looking for birds in your own backyard! You don’t need to go on a hike to interact with nature. Sometimes, nature is right outside our door! Students learn how to identify common birds, how to use a monocular to spot birds, and...

$7

Mind & Body Hiking Series

The Mind & Body Hiking Series is an opportunity for you to build your mental and physical health. The hikes will start easier and flatter, gradually adding mileage and hills. During the hike, you will also be relaxing your mind with silent walks, sensory activities, poetry, and reflection. PROGRAM SCHEDULE Join us for one hike...

Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall “SOAR” Bird Walks

First and third Saturday spring, summer, fall and winter bird walks find birding enthusiasts Sharon and Larry Williams of Waynesboro leading the walks along the hiking trails at varying locations throughout the area. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and may bring identification books and binoculars. Free and open to the public. Just show up—no reservations...

Mount Hope Maple Madness 2024

Camp Eder 914 Mt. Hope Road, Fairfield, Pennsylvania, United States

A hands-on look at the history, culture, and science of maple sugaring, paired with a delicious pancake breakfast - what could be sweeter? Immerse yourself in the history, culture, science...

$20

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